Bentonville officer shooting of teen “justified”

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — The investigation surrounding a Bentonville police officer who shot a 17-year-old robbery suspect has been completed.

The office of Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Smith issued a statement Friday, December 20, that Officer Joseph Brown was justified in discharging his weapon under the laws of the State of Arkansas.

Officer Joseph Brown shot Dominick Matt on December 6 and has been on administrative leave.

According to police, Brown responded to a report of an attempted robbery at a gas station. Based on the store clerk’s description, Brown located Matt, who allegedly brandished a handgun, leading Brown to shoot him.

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